Monday, November 28, 2011

A Quiet Thanksgiving With Family

 For Thanksgiving, Stump and I spent a quiet afternoon at my Aunt Mickey and Uncle Philip's house. Thanksgivings there used to be anything but simple or quiet. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents filled the home and the sounds of children playing, women chatting, and the men discussing hunting or politics assured there would not be a quiet moment.

Grandparents have passed on, children have grown up, and cousins have other places to be. My own son abandoned us this year to spend Thanksgiving with his girlfriend. One thing that definitely never changes is change. What we did have this year was a relaxing quality day filled with love, fellowship, and good food.

 Me with my sister, Adrienne

It seemed that even the dogs abandoned us this Thanksgiving. My uncle had put out a wiener, but it sat untouched while we were inside eating. My sister decided that maybe it needed to be "cooked". Being the nut she is, she pulled out her trusty lighter and attempted a wiener roast right there.

 Sister Adrienne "heating things up"

We enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine, a few snacks, and the wonderful weather outside. It was too beautiful a day to stay cooped up in the house. We spent quite a bit of time on the carport.

 Uncle Philip with sister Adrienne

My sister's son, Layne, was the only child there this year. He is growing up so quickly I have to wonder how long it will be before he is spending his Thanksgivings elsewhere. For now though, he spends it with us.

 Sister Adrienne kisses her son, Layne

Stump isn't quite used to these quiet, laid back days. He had a few glasses of wine, but what I really think he wanted was a six pack of beer. He also wanted my camera out of his face.

 Stump giving me "that look"

 My lovely mother, Doris

 Aunt Mickey, the fashionista

 My handsome dad, Ralph

We had a wonderful time. The food was amazing. I didn't get pictures of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, or deviled eggs because by the time I thought about it, we had finished eating. I did get a shot of my aunt's Black Forest Cake - with several pieces missing.

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to take a moment to list a few things for which I am thankful.

 I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for paying my debt.
I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for all the wonderful friends with whom I have surrounded myself.
I am thankful that I live in a country where I am still free.
I am thankful that I have a good job.
I am thankful for my health.
I am thankful that I have a nice, comfortable home.
I am thankful that I have good, reliable transportation.
I am thankful that I am fortunate enough to be able to travel and vacation.
I am thankful that I have good food to eat.
I am thankful that I have warm clothing.
I am thankful that I have been given the ability to help other people.

I am thankful for all of my readers, with whom I get to share my crazy life.

I want to wish all of you a very happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous Thanksgiving.
I love you guys!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How a True Optimist Thinks

(My dashboard lights when I got home on Saturday Night)
  • Low Fuel Light
  • No Seat Belt Light
  • Check Engine Light
  • Low Oil Level Light
All of my dash lights work!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Boring, Casual, Fun, Embarrassing, Weekend

On Saturday evening, Bear, Stump, Sage, and I went to see the new Twilight movie, "Breaking Dawn". Of course the 4:00 movie matinee was sold out (we were trying to go to an early movie to avoid crowds), so we went ahead and picked up tickets for the next showing, 5:00.

We wasted a little time before the movie by heading over to Ruby Tuesday for a drink. We met up with Boots and Momma Boots and spent a little time with them before heading back over to the theater.

 (Stump, Momma Boots, and Boots)

 (Sage, me, and Bear)

(I had the signature drink, the Ruby Relaxer)

This drink it STELLAR! Want to make it?
  • 1 ounce coconut rum (Malibu)
  • 1 ounce peach schnapps (Dekyuper)
  • 1 ounce vodka (Skky)
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 orange wedge (optional) 
  • Pour over ice
You're welcome :)

After cocktails, we headed back over to stand in line at the movies. I didn't think Breaking Dawn was quite as good as the other Twilight movies, but it was decent. I'm not spoiling it, so I'll just say that I can't wait for the second part. 
I never read the series, but consider myself a Twilight fan. I'm still "Team Jacob", even though Bear and Sage tell me that in the book, Edward does love Bella more. I'm going by what I've seen on screen, ok? 

After the movie, Stump, Bear, Sage, and I went for a steak and a couple of beers at The Highlander.

We went into the Highlander and took a seat. Stump asks the bartender that he knows if there is a waitress working those tables. She corrects him and says, "There is a waitER working those tables. I'll be sure to let HIM know that you are there".

Sure enough, here comes the HOTTEST waiter I think I have laid eyes on in some time. He had dark brown, flowing, shoulder length hair, and I swear when he smiled his teeth twinkled. Wait.. here's a picture of him:
And yes, he was wielding a sword and wearing armor. It's my fantasy, let me have it, k?

I pretty much say what I think when I'm around my friends. Even when around the husband. No one was shocked when I said "Damn, he is HOT!" when our waiter walked away from our table with our drink order. I continued to make little comments like that to our group when he walked away, careful not to let him hear me. UNTIL...
A cute waitress walked by our table and Bear's eyes began to follow. As she walked into the other room, Bear said, "I think I'd like some dessert". I grinned and said "Me too, I'll have the waiter". I didn't realize that he was standing RIGHT BEHIND ME when I said it! Stump, Bear, and Sage swore he didn't hear me as he was passing behind to the drink station. I had turned red and become flush. I could feel myself getting hotter and hotter from embarrassment. "He didn't hear you", repeated my husband. The waiter returned to our table and asked if I was finished with my plate. "Yes, thank you", I told him. He cleared them away.

At this time Bear pipes up and says, "I think she wants some dessert". I could have crawled UNDER the table. "Would you like a dessert menu?" the waiter asked me. "No, thank you, I'm fine" I assured him. He disappeared into the kitchen.

Bear is busting a gut laughing at me right now, and I can't stand the predicament I'm in, still SURE that he heard the dessert comment I made. I grabbed my purse, tucked my head, and told my party "I have to get out of here". I headed to the car.

I made it to my car, sat down and lit a cigarette, and started laughing so hard I could barely breathe. 

Sage, Bear, and Stump emerged a few minutes later from the restaurant. Still laughing. "He brought a dessert menu out for you", my husband teased. "We tried to get him to stand on it".

It will be a VERY long time before I set foot in Highlander again.

LOVE my friends.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Taking it Full Throttle

The other night my phone rang. The person on the other end of the phone was looking for my husband and had gotten my number by mistake. I passed the phone over to him and thought nothing much of it. He handed the phone back to me after a few minutes and told me, "He wants to talk to you".

I took the phone back with a confused look on my face. Who would ask for him but want to speak to me? The man on the phone introduced himself. He was Jeff Rash from In Full Throttle, a magazine written by bikers for bikers. It seems that he was looking for someone who had pictures and could possibly write an article about my husband's club, the Scorpions M/C's, Toy Run. My husband had told him that I had blogged it and had also taken pictures. I gave him my blog address and he told me that he would read it and would have his Editor read it as well. I hung up the phone less confused but now anxious.

Wednesday evening when I got home, Jeff called me again. The owner/editor of the magazine, Mark Infield, had read the blog as well and wanted me to contact him. I promptly called him and discussed what he wanted for the article. I went to work immediately.

I used the same basic story as I did in the blog, but changed the personal perspective to be friendlier to a broader audience. I know not everyone who reads Full Throttle cares about my sister's tattoo or what I bought while I was there.

After a few new sentences were put in, a few more taken out, and making sure that all the bands and vendors got their credit, I sent him the revised copy.  On Thursday morning Mark sent me the following:

Thank you for your prompt attention to this. It is just what I needed. Our goal is to get it right and your help makes our job much easier. I do not see any thing that needs to be changed after your revisions. I am going to run with it.

Please give my regards to the club members and let them know that if they need anything from me that I am only a phone call away.

Mark Infield
Editor / Owner
The Carolinas'
Full Throttle Magazine

We are bikers who publish a magazine, not publishers who own motorcycles!
I am so excited! I realize this isn't National Geographic but this is a very well known magazine in the biker community. My husband has been a subscriber for years. This will be the first time I've actually been published! Yes, I'll take it!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bright Leaf Brewfest 2011 Danville, Virginia

I had absolutely no plans for last Saturday but to sit at home, watch a few movies, and just relax. I rarely get to stay home and veg out on the couch, so this would be a welcome change. When I got up on Saturday morning and walked outside, I changed my mind. The sky was so bright and blue, the temperature was perfect, and there was the slightest of a breeze blowing. It. Was. Beautiful. I couldn't waste such a perfect November day, so I sent my friend, Bear, a text asking if he had plans and if he would attend the Bright Leaf Brewfest with me.

2011 marked the fourth annual Bright Leaf Brew Fest in Danville, VA. Although it has been going on for several years, I have never been.
The brewfest is held at the Community Market in downtown Danville, Virginia. Tickets were $19 each if you bought them ahead of time or $25 each at the door. VIP tickets could also be purchased at $45 each.

Our $25 dollar tickets got us a phamplet and a 3 oz beer tasting glass each. Inside the glass were 9 perforated tickets that would be given to the vendors to sample their beer. Once the tickets ran out, you could buy more.

After filling our glasses, Bear and I walked around a bit to see what there was to see.

There were quite a few breweries represented. All had tables decorated and multiple beers to sample.

There were also two bands playing at all times, one on one side of the Community Market, and another on the other side. Music ranged from rock to bluegrass.

Bear enjoying a Winter Blackberry Beer

Of course, I always run into friends whenever I go out....

Rick and Donna

Boots, Kim, and Jeff

Fireman Tim

I have no clue who this guy is, but I LOVED his hat and tee

Christy and Glenn

Jessica and Matt

Me and Bear

Sandy and me

Me and Billy
Donna and Me

Love Bears eyes in this one



The breweries were creatvie in the way they displayed their bottles

I loved this fall display

But the tasting is what we were there for

Hornsby's Apple Cider Beer - Delish

There were also other vendors of foods, jewelry, tobacco, and other goods

But the best things there were the friends...

and the beer

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lou's Antique Mall - Hidden Treasures in Danville, Virginia

After work on Thursday, I stopped in at a place that I never even realized was there. My friend, Sage, told me about an antique mall in the downtown Danville area. He had visited there earlier last week and had sent me pictures of some of the things he found inside. I immediately knew that I had to go see things for myself.

I arrived at Lou's Antique Mall around 4:15 PM. It is owned by Robert and Lou Ogden. I walked in and scanned the room, not knowing what I may find there. Immediately, I was overwhelmed. Not only could I not decide which direction to go, but once I headed in a direction, I couldn't decide which way to look. There were so many beautiful things inside. Barely a square inch was left unfilled. I decided to take things slowly and work my way through the store, determined that I wouldn't miss so much as a broach.

An antique tea set is perched on a marble table top

I discovered very quickly that seeing everything this store had to offer would not be accomplished in a short time. I called my husband and told him that I would be late getting home. I anticipated that I would likely be walking around for an hour or so.

A silver jelly spoon and dish beckon me to take them home

As I walked the aisles, I gasped and cooed at the treasures that I wanted to take home. The prices were very reasonable, which would afford me the privilege of picking up "just a couple" pretty things to take home.

I love the color scheme on this old rocking chair

I picked up something from this table... and something else from that table... oh, and I really love this because it's unusual, so I'll pick that up to...

One of the girls who worked there saw me juggling my finds and offered to take them to the register where they would be held until I was ready to check out. I thanked her and continued my "browsing".

This white china is so crisp against the dark wood of this old table

There were so many pretty things catching my eye. I must admit, my friend Sage was spot-on when he said my favorite color must be "ohh, shiney".

The detail in this silver set is amazing

I continued to look, and I continued to pick things up. I do need a little credit here though. I did manage to put most things back down.

This golden chair was beautiful sitting on this antique rug

I continued to walk through, unaware that there were other people in the store looking through things as well. A couple a few feet away spoke to me. I said hello back to them. That is when she asked me, "have you been upstairs or downstairs yet"?

I really wanted to pack up this whole set of dishes and take them home

What??? There are TWO MORE FLOORS? I told her that I didn't even realize that there was one more, let alone two. She told me that I really should go look there as well. About this time, the girl who took my earlier finds to the register appeard again. She told me that the did in fact have two more floors, and that she would be happy to take my more recent finds to the register with my others. I thanked her again.

The "bones" of both of these chairs were breathtaking

I had almost made it around the peremiter of the first floor when I was told there was a second and third that I still needed to explore. I went outside to take a brief break and to call my husband and tell him I would be a bit longer still. He laughed a bit and told me to enjoy myself and to stay as long as I wanted.

Silver and crystal work so well together - don't  you think?

I headed upstairs after my brief conversation with Stump. As I got to the top of the stairs, I did another quick "scan" to see which way to go. This floor wasn't quite as full as the first, but was still more than I had expected to see.

This is about 1/4 of the upstairs area

I moved through the aisles on the upper floor much faster. I had already picked up several goodies and knew that I needed to show a little self control. My gosh it was hard.

This table held shimmering pewter cups. I may have to go back for them...

I did go to the bottom floor, but rushed that more than I rushed the upstairs. I can barely remember anything that was on the bottom floor, but do remember that I wanted everything I saw there too.

Love the hues of pink, coral, white, and brown in this room

I did manage to get out of there before the store closed at 6:00 I had a small box of treasures to show for my treasure hunt. I took them home and enjoyed taking off the newspaper that kept my finds safe in transport. These were going to make a welcome addition to my home. Would you like to see what I bought?

This scoop with a tiny scoop will make a cool sugar bowl

Brass lipstick holder. This will grace my vanity in my dressing room

Sterling silver three piece butter dish

Sterling silver tea strainer

Footed teacup and saucer

Pewter dish

Scottish friendship cup (quaich)

Silver plated platter

I had the most wonderful experience at Lou's Antique Mall and know I will visit many more times. If you are in Danville, VA, please go see them at 231 Main Street! They are open Monday through Saturday from 9-6 and on Sunday from 12-6. Tell them MYFWBS sent you!

I promise you won't be disappointed!

*** UPDATE***

The set of 12 pewter cups that I said I may go back for... I did!

Hey... I just couldn't resist.